[alsa-devel] Kernel crash in snd-aloop (2)

Benjamin van den Hout bvdhout at gmail.com
Thu May 22 15:02:02 CEST 2008


So after much experimentation and thinking, I think I can come up with the
following scenario why the kernel crashes:

When the aloop soundcard is closed by jackd, all data structures are freed.
This is OK, but the code forgets to check if any timers are still running.
Most of the time this goes well and nothing bad happens. But sometimes the
dpcm->timer.function fires after all data is cleaned up/freed. And that is
of course not very desirable.

I've attached a patch to the alsa-driver-hg20080516 version of
drivers/aloop-kernel.c This patch does a del_timer() in three places, I
would love to hear feedback from you guys on the list if some del_timers can
be eliminated? It seems a bit paranoia but it works perfectly in my test

So what do you guys think? I've never submitted patches before so I'm not
sure if this is the correct procedure. Please correct me if necessary...

Kind regards,
Benjamin van den Hout
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